The Only Mental Health Peer-Run Organization

in Santa Cruz, CA


I don't want to be homeless anymore
It hurts my soul to the very core
I'm just like any other guy
and it's not my fault that rents are high.
I don't rob and I don't steal
and all I'm asking for is a fair deal-
a sturdy roof over my head-
to be dry and warm in a real bed
so I can get some sleep at night
and wake up rested with the morning light
instead of trying to find a safe place to camp
and trying to sleep when it's cold and damp.
I need a place where I can shower
and go to bed at a decent hour
a place where I can cook hot food
That would sure put me in a better mood.
I'm willing to work, full or part time
to earn a living because I'm not into crime.
i;m not lazy and don't call me crazy
I'm a human being just like you
and I have the same basic neds, too.
Don't look down on me because I'm poor.
I'm doing my best to endure.
I'm doing everything I can to cope.
I will never ever give up hope.
If you know someone who would hire me
that would do so much to inspire me
to help me reach my urgent goal-
a place of my own, to warm my soul.
by M.

Ward Life: Long Term Wards
by Mael Dinnell

A spoonful of coffee for a dollar
cadging cigarettes
institutional food
and waiting
waiting for meds
waiting for doctors
waiting for smoke breaks
for bedtime
for forced groups
most of all
waiting waiting waiting for
a visit from the outside for
​who never comes